TasteHaus’s mission is sustainable living. This guide to the best eco friendly kitchen products and sustainable kitchen hacks can direct you to perfect gift ideas or help you update your home.
When it comes to disposable household products, it’s easy to buy without thinking. Now and then, though, something happens that alerts us to our behavior and inspires a look into more eco friendly kitchen products.
I had never considered how many plastic sandwich bags I used until I bought 300 of them in bulk to save money. When the order arrived at my front door, the package was as heavy as a brick and I could not find room in my kitchen. Worse was a terrible epiphany: I’ll be throwing these away.
Sustainable kitchen products have many advantages: they reduce waste, reduce carbon emissions and reduce petroleum use. While they may be more expensive initially, they are more cost efficient long-term. They’re sturdier and withstand drops, kicks, and trips through the dishwasher. And, they last longer than cheaper alternatives.
Eco-friendly products are also healthier for your family. What’s good for the planet is better for you and your family and could prevent illness or disease. It’s an important consideration—products can be sneaky. A company may use harsh or even toxic chemicals to make their product in the cheapest way possible, disregarding the safety and health of consumers to make a profit.
Our list of the best eco friendly products on Amazon follows:
Reusable Silicone Sandwich Bags
Most of us grew up using plastic sandwich bags for school lunches. They’re convenient and inexpensive but because they are not biodegradable, many schools are encouraging parents to find alternatives. The importance of eco friendly products is multifold: not only can they be bad for health, but plastic bags can end up in the ocean, threatening marine life and can leach into food and water sources.
Reusable Silicone Sandwich Bags are BPA, PVC, and latex-free. These non-toxic bags are safe for food, resist microbes and are easy to clean. They stand up to hot and cold temperatures in the freezer, in boiling water, and even run through the dishwasher.
There are several alternatives to plastic lunch containers, from silicone to glass to stainless steel. Silicone containers have the same advantages as silicone sandwich bags. Stainless steel and glass are also good choices because they’re not porous. Since hormone-disrupting chemicals like BPA or phthalates are not used to make glass, these types of chemicals will not leach from the container into your child’s food and drinks. You can use mason jars for soups and smoothies. There are also different sized square glass containers for sandwiches and fruit.
We like the Yum Box as a reusable daily lunch container. If you need disposable containers, consider compostable and renewable containers.
Food wraps are a versatile tool for food storage. Unbleached wax paper is coated with soy and bees wax paper is coated with wax. The natural coating of the paper does not leach into your child’s food. Both are also biodegradable and compostable.
Consider using towels as an eco-friendly wrap, when appropriate. Like wax paper, towels are chemical free and safe for children to use. Throw them in the washing machine after every use.
Kleen Kanteen Stainless Steel Water Bottle
A Kleen Kanteen stainless steel bottle is a great way to protect your children while they hydrate. The bottles keep liquids hot or cold for several hours. Like glass and silicone containers, stainless steel products are a healthy alternative to plastic bottles. They do not risk putting chemicals in your child’s water, they are reusable, and they last a long time. Bacteria will not breed in a stainless steel water bottle as they do in plastic water containers. You can recycle stainless steel when the product reaches the end of its life.
Stainless Steel Straw
You can wash and reuse stainless steel straws, and they do not breed bacteria. They do not shatter like glass and bamboo, and they don’t become soggy like paper. Stainless steel straws are eco-friendly because they will not end up in the trash and in our oceans and landfills. They are convenient to use at home, school, and most activities.
Santevia Water Pitcher
One of the best ways to reduce plastic water bottle waste is through use of an appropriate water filtration system. TasteHaus researched dozens of water filtration systems. Our favorite is the Santevia Water System, which eliminates chemicals and bad flavors using a three step filtration system. The Santevia Water System restores your tap water to a clean, great-tasting, mineralized and alkalized state and removes heavy metals and industrial chemicals.
There are many benefits to alkaline water. It can help neutralize free radicals that cause cellular damage and alters DNA. It detoxifies the body and gives you more energy.
Insulated Lunch Bag
Polypropylene, polyester and nylon are popular materials for making reusable lunch bags. While we don’t love single-use plastics, these materials are useful for multiuse applications. Like other eco-friendly products, reusable bags wipe clean and are washable in the laundry. Use them for more than just bringing lunch to school: your child can bring it to activities, sporting events, or the beach.
Reusable Cold Gel Packs
To keep your kid’s lunch fresh while they are in class, use reusable cold gel packs made of non-toxic freezable gel beads. Refreeze the gel packs time and time again after every use. We love them for bumps, bruises, and fevers, too.
What else can I do?
Not ready to buy silicone lunchbags? It’s okay. Small changes make a big difference, too. In addition to eco-friendly kitchen products, consider adding just one of the following to your daily life:
- Use Cloth or Cotton Shopping Bags
- Buy clothes made of Recycled Fabric or material
- Use rechargeable Batteries: …
- Ditch plastic bottles. Use reusable Water Bottles.
- Consider solar: outdoor speakers, phone chargers, small electrics.
- Compost kitchen scraps and organic material
- Limit packaging.
- Don’t use disposable dishware.
- Upgrade your faucet to save water
- Streamline kitchen tools.
- Think twice about plastic.
Purchasing eco friendly kitchen products helps raise healthy children and ensures a healthy planet. These products clean easily and save money; they do not leach into food or create an unpleasant taste, and they don’t fill landfills or spoil oceans.